The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess: Race, Culture, and America's Most Famous Opera

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2012 - Performing Arts - 423 pages
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Created by George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward and sung by generations of black performers, Porgy and Bess has been both embraced and reviled since its debut in 1935. In this comprehensive account, Ellen Noonan examines the opera's long history of i
  

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With treatments ranging from DuBose Heyward's 1925 novel Porgy to George Gershwin's 1935 operatic adaptation Porgy and Bess, the story of crippled beggar Porgy and his neighbors on Catfish Row has ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Porgy 1925
13
INTERLUDE Charleston 16801900
53
Porgy 1927
73
INTERLUDE Charleston 19201940
125
Porgy and Bess 1935
143
Porgy and Bess 19521956
185
INTERLUDE Charleston 19401969
235
Porgy and Bess 19592012
259
Epilogue Charleston 19702005
305
Notes
313
Bibliography
399
Index
413
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About the author (2012)

Ellen Noonan is a historian, educator, and media producer at the American Social History Project, the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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